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Teens rescued from Lake Waconia after ‘slush patch’ snags vehicle

WACONIA, MN — Two teenagers were rescued from Lake Waconia last week after the vehicle they were in got “stuck in a slush patch.”

According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office first responders were called to the lake near the eastern shore of Coney Island Jan. 14 at about 9:37 p.m. on a report of a vehicle sinking into the lake.

The Waconia Fire Department used an UTV to get the two 18-year-old women off the lake, but their vehicle — which actually hadn’t sunk through the frozen lake — wasn’t removed by deputies or firefighters.

The owner is responsible for retrieving it, the sheriff’s office said.

Fatal accident in Carver County

A Chanhassen man died as the result of injuries he sustained in a crash involving three vehicles in Chaska Tuesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The State Patrol identified the victim as 33-year-old Spencer Olson.

The crash happened just after 9:30 a.m. on Highway 41 near Engler Boulevard.

Olson was driving a car northbound Hwy 41, crossed over the center median and hit a southbound Jeep head on causing it to spin around. A southbound Chevrolet Suburban then hit the side of the Jeep, according to authorities.

The driver and passengers in the Suburban were not injured.

The driver of the Jeep, 70-year-old Mary Kulawik from Sioux City, Iowa, was taken to a metro hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The Patrol reported Olson was not seat belted.

Lester Prairie School Bulletin, Jan. 19

Lester Prairie School Bulletin

Jan. 19, 2022


Today’s Menu: Stackers with Taco Meat, Bosco Cheese Stick, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Ripe Olives, Onions,
Cheese, Salsa, Fruit, Milk
Tomorrow’s Menu: Hamburger on a Bun or Grilled Chicken Breast on Bun, Lettuce Salad, Tomato Slices,
Cheese Slice, Onion Slices, French Fries, Fruit, Milk

Important Notes and Reminders:

Lester Prairie Senior Tip night will be Monday January 24th from 4-8 pm at Unhinged Pizza in
Glencoe. Please come out and enjoy some pizza while supporting our Lester Prairie Seniors!

Congratulations to Ava Heimerl and Michael Ruwersma for being named One Act Play All
Conference at the MRC Conference this past Saturday!

Lester Prairie will be competing at One Act Competition on Saturday, January 29th at Mayer Lutheran
High School. We will be performing at 9:45 am. If you are attending, please do not wear Bulldog

Seniors: we will be starting gown fitting. Ms. Stender will come and set up a time with you, do not be
late for your gown fitting. PSEO students, The times that are available to you are:
January 19th : (Today) 3:05, 3:15, 3:30
January 20th : 5:35
January 21st : 11:35, 11:45, 11:50

You will also need to have your legal name spelled out for Ms. Stender for your diploma.

Congratulations FTC Team 15264, the LP BullBots on a great season!  This Sunday at the Burnsville
State Qualifier, they finished 4th out of 26th, making the Finals and were a finalist for the Rockwell
Collins Innovate Award.  Although they missed qualifying for state by one spot, they represented
Lester Prairie with the utmost performance and Gracious Professionalism.  All were impressed with
their game play, robot and programming.  They went 6-0 in Qualifiers and 2-0 in the Semifinals before
losing 1-2 in the finals.  Also, Congrats to Miles DeBruin and Blake Ernst for completing a wonderful
career in the FTC including 2 State Championship appearances and several awards for Robot
Performance. They represented Lester Prairie well!

Due to Varsity events in both gyms, there will be no evening Walking Hours available Thursday
January 20.

GSL/LP Wrestling is hosting a meet at Lester Prairie High School on January 20. We are looking for
help with keeping the book and clock for matches. Please contact Jenna Wolff (320-395-3005
or ) if you are interested.

Students will be released at 11:30

On Friday, January 21st

End of the second quarter

Elementary students will eat lunch at school
High School students will not eat lunch at school

CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Local K of C to Sponsor Youth Free Throw Championship!
All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2022
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. This event is free to the participants.  The local
competition will be held January 23rd with registration starting at 11:30 and the competition starting at
12:00 noon at the Holy Trinity School Gym. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is
sponsored annually, with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions.
International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores
from the state-level competitions. All boys and girls 9 to 14 years old are eligible to participate and will
compete in their respective age divisions. Last year more than 120,000 sharpshooters participated in
over 3,600 local competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation
in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry
forms or additional information contact:  Mike Bjork Lester Prairie School (320) 395-
2521 . The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal
service organization with over 1.8 million members in 15,000 local councils. Last year, Knights
donated over 70 million volunteer hours and $170 million to charitable and benevolent causes,
sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, culture of life, families and youth.
At the local level within the last few years we have had two participants advance and win all the way
to the state level and even one international champion.

Session 1 of Driver Education Classroom Instruction is 3:00-6:00 PM February 28 – March 11, 2022.
Cost is $120. Registration forms are available in the main entrance vestibule and online under Driver
Education on the Community Ed page of the school website. Session 2 will be scheduled for
sometime in the Summer.

The Booster Club is looking for volunteers to help sell tickets and be gym door monitors at upcoming
home basketball events. It's a fun way to give back to the school! If interested please contact Sally by
calling or texting 320-282-2922 or email sallymaekappel@hotmail. com for available dates.

ECFE – Winter Stories
Does your child love a good bedtime story? Come join us as we read books about polar bears, snow,
penguins, and a cozy mitten for animals. There will be a large group story time and crafts for each
book. It’s the perfect way to spend a chilly winter evening.Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Teacher: Helen Lester
Cost: $15 per child per session
Location: Preschool Room, Room 139
Ages: 3-5
January 25 and February 1, 8, 22

Walk and Fit Class
We will walk the halls while performing exercises with dumbbells to increase cardio and we will use
the Fitness Center for resistance training to increase strength. Any fitness level/age can attend. The
class can be modified for you. Come move your body and feel better!
Dates: Tuesdays, January – March 2022
Time:   Beginner – 5:30 PM      Advanced – 6:15 PM
Cost: $6 per session

This class is for people who have never tried yoga before and/or those that are at a beginner’s level.

You will learn breathing, stretching, and some basic poses to increase range of motion, increase
strength, and decrease stress. Please bring a water bottle, yoga mat, yoga block and a yoga strap. I
do have a few blocks and straps to borrow if you need to.
Dates: Thursdays, January – March 2022
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: $6 per session

Activities and Sports:

Open Gym will be held 3:00-4:30 PM on Sunday January 23 in the North Gym. Please bring a change
of shoes and wear only indoor shoes in the gym. Students younger than 7th grade must be
accompanied by a parent.

Any student, grades 7-12 boys & girls, interested in being part of the Bulldog Trap Shooting team
there will be a preseason team meeting on Sunday January 23, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in Mr. Bjork's room
(Room 111).  You MUST have your Minnesota DNR Firearms Safety certificate in order to participate
on the team.  See Mr. Bjork if you have questions.

Dates for Future Hoopsters in the North Gym: January 22, and 29. Please wear indoor shoes in the
gym.  Future Hoopster Night will be held on Thursday February 3 during the Boys Basketball game.

Thu 1/20 – The bus for 7/8 Boys Basketball will leave at 3:15 for their games at Belle Plaine

Thu 1/20 – The bus for V/JH Girls Basketball will leave at 4:30 for their games at LeSueur-Henderson

Fri 1/21 – The bus for V/JV Wrestling will leave from GSL HS at 12:00 for their meet at New London-Spicer HS

Sat 1/22 – The bus for Knowledge Bowl will leave at 6:15 AM for their meet at Lac Qui Parle Valley

Sat 1/22 – The bus for V/B/C Boys Basketball will leave at 3:15 for their games at BOLD in Bird Island

Minnesota man battling COVID-19 moved to Texas hospital after lawsuit over ventilator

BUFFALO, MN — A Buffalo, Minnesota man suffering from COVID-19 is in Texas where his family is hoping and praying doctors there can save his life, according to FOX 9.

Scott Quiner’s family went to court last week to get a restraining order to keep Allina Health from pulling the plug on the ventilator that was keeping him alive in Minnesota.

Quiner’s loved ones and their attorney report the 55-year old father of three was unvaccinated when he was first diagnosed with COVID-19 in late October, around Halloween.

He required deep sedation, a breathing tube, and a ventilator when his oxygen levels got dangerously low and did not improve.

Scott’s wife, Anne Quiner claims Allina threatened to pull the plug on that ventilator last week and that is when she went to court to fight.

Anne has power of attorney over Scott’s healthcare decisions. She hired lawyer Marjorie Holsten to stop Allina from pulling the plug on the ventilator, a move she believes would have killed him.

“This is a life-saving thing. It is going to be critical,” explained Holsten, who admits she has never handled a case like this one.

The Quiners have stated in public comments and social media that Allina would not treat Scott with certain drugs, nor would they attempt other extraordinary measures that might save his life. When the medical team allegedly told the family that Scott had just a couple more days on the ventilator, Holsten rushed to court to obtain the restraining order. The judge signed it Jan. 13.

“It was mentioned Monday, confirmed on Tuesday,” said Holsten. “By Tuesday, they said, ok, Thursday at noon, we pull the plug. I don’t think the judge wanted to be on the wrong side of saying, ‘Of course, you should be able to pull the plug’ so the judge was correct doing that.”

Over the weekend, Scott was transferred on a med flight to an unidentified hospital in Texas, apparently willing to meet the family’s medical wishes for life-saving treatments. By Sunday, Jan. 16 in the evening, he was already said to be improving on the ventilator while being weaned from the heavy sedatives, and provided extra nutrients.

His family claims that it appears most of his major organs are functioning well, except his lungs.

Allina provided a brief written statement that read in part: “Allina Health is grateful the family was able to find a health care facility that meets their needs and we continue to wish them all the best,” according to FOX 9

Meantime, the Quiners have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Scott’s emergency, life-saving care through a pair of online fundraisers in recent days, boosted by significant online coverage of his case.


Four injured in school bus/pickup crash

Four people were injured in a crash east of Hutchinson Dec. 13 that involved a school bus and pickup truck.

According to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office at 7:46 a. m., they responded to the crash in the area of 200th St & Major Ave.

The school bus, owned by New Discoveries Montessori Academy, was being driven by 66-year-old Bruce Mortenson of Glencoe authorities reported.

The pickup was driven by 22-year-old Richard Benson of Hutchinson.

Four individuals were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, although officials did not identify those taken to the hospital.

Lester Prairie School Closed Friday, Jan. 14

Lester Prairie,  MN – - According to an announcement posted on a Lester Prairie social media, Lester Prairie Schools will be closed on Friday, January 14. It will NOT be a distance learning day. Schools are closed. Kids Depot is closed.